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Yesterday at Downtown Yoga Shala we talked a helluva lot about Bhakti. It was awesome nerdy fun. And I was touched to revisit these stellar words at left from Ram Dass, inspired, of course, by those below from Hafiz.
Nearly two years and a lot of Monday mornings have passed since I wrote the below words in October 2010, but they've hit me again anew, fresh, reborn. Those two sweet goddaughters have bloomed into four, and I am reminded, again and again, through their lightness, their fearlessness, and their divine sense of play, that the most achieved models of enlightenment we can look to are indeed the small children in our lives.
Read on. For you, too, of course, are God in drag, and we affirm that reality every time we bow our heads to one another in Namaste, saying, speaking, literally, of course, that the divine spark in me bows to the divine spark in you.
Two of my three sweety-pie goddaughters at right: Clara Mae and Rachel Lynn, here, charming the pants off everyone they meet, of course.
This morning in the still, the quiet, that blessed Monday morning catching-up time that is my favorite part of not working 9-to-5, I've been reading Ram Dass, and marveling at the overlap of his irreverent teachings with that of the great Sufi poet Hafiz, who wrote
Sweetheart, O sweetheart,
you are God in drag!!
Can you imagine how children would crack open and bloom if we taught them from early on that they are the divine wrapped up in a breathing-sweating-moving-growing package of human uniqueness? Doing what I can now and always to remind these little girls over the years that sweetheart, O sweetheart, in spite of what the magazines say or the playground bullies say or the too-cool-for-school kids say: you are God in drag!
What a beautiful and powerful lesson to teach the small ones in our lives. We who have come this far owe it to them to plant these seeds and water their unfolding petals with such life-giving, life-affirming, radical, righteous theology, countering the body-negating legacies that have taken hold in so many religious traditions over the years. Best of all, it's the kind of thinking that crosses boundaries, straddling Christianity, Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, and more. Now that is what I call good, hearty, rich, queer thinking about the sacred.